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Marty Elkins: Fat Daddy

Read "Fat Daddy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The jazz world is full of singers who deserve a higher profile than they have, and Marty Elkins is most certainly one of them. This trad-jazz true believer and pliantly phrasing charmer has a way with words and an appreciation for the finer things in sound and song. Some might call her an aural antiquarian, but there's nary a speck of dust on the material she chooses to sing. Accompanied by a crack band equally at home with chestnuts of ...

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Marty Elkins: Fuse Blues

Read "Fuse Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Whitebread in a Good Way. Marty Elkins swings her ass off. In a gentle sort of way, I might add. She has got a Betty Carter delivery that is just inside of the ballpark of the boldness of Carter. Elkins is very exact, taking some chances vocally, but only those she is confident of claiming. This is no mean criticism, Marty Elkins is Anita O'Day without the hyperkinetic scat. There is nothing to not enjoy (double negatives and all).

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Marty Elkins: Fuse Blues

Read "Fuse Blues" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Once a waitress at one of the altars of jazz, New York City's Village Vanguard, Marty Elkins has tossed the apron away and stepped onto the performing stage. Some may complain that this maiden album isn't very adventurous because, with a couple of exceptions, it sticks with oft heard standards. There should be such complaint. One measure of the worth of a vocalist is how she/he works with classic material as they try to put their special brand on it. ...


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